UK event organiser TriBourne Multisport Events has announced new Middle (70.3) and Full (140.6) distance triathlons at Goodwood Motor Circuit this summer. The organiser statet ‘An exceptionally fast, flat, traffic-free course awaits those lucky enough to secure a place at the inaugural ‘Festival of Endurance’ at Goodwood on 31st July. The new races will run alongside the existing 255 Triathlon and the 255 Triathlon Relay.’
With only 150 places available, minimising the potential for drafting, those wishing to secure an entry should be ready to register at 09:00 BST on Monday 4th April when entries open. ‘With a perfect road surface, minimal elevation changes and no tight turns, this will almost certainly be the fastest full and middle-distance courses in the country. The fast course combined with the complete absence of traffic means competitors will not need to back off the power at any point (unless slowing for aid stations). Added to this, the multi-lap race format makes for a unique and exciting experience for both competitors and spectators. Competitors will be able to access an aid station on every 3.8km lap on the bike and twice per lap (every 1.9km) on the run. In addition, competitors will be able to access their own ‘special needs’ box in the pit lane at any point during the race.’
Race Director Matthew Dowle said “Following the success of the inaugural 255 Triathlon at Goodwood last year, it was clear that racing on the perfect surface of the motor racing circuit, with no traffic to worry about, is hugely appealing. Including these new distances give more people the opportunity to race at the historic Goodwood circuit, and also meets the demand for more event options in the UK at a time when the cost of racing abroad is a concern for many. We believe this will be the only traffic-free middle-distance triathlon in the country and will almost certainly be the fastest full-distance course. Alongside the existing 255 Triathlon, which is the world’s longest single-day triathlon, and the very popular 255 Triathlon Relay, the ‘Festival of Endurance’ now opens up this unique and exciting event experience to a wider audience of triathletes.”
The Festival of Endurance at Goodwood will include three endurance triathlon distances. As well as the classic middle (70.3) and full (140.6) distance races, solo 255 Triathlon competitors will be taking on what is billed as ‘the world’s longest single-day triathlon’ The 255 Triathlon comprises a 5km swim, 200km bike and 50km run. In addition, the race offers a relay format for teams of up to four competitors.